Rhino Softball has been founded and is owned and operated by JoAnn Ferrieri. With over 25 years of experience in the softball industry, JoAnn has won a Women's College World Series while playing for Cal State Fullerton, a Gold Medal as a USA National Team player, a Junior College National Championship as a coach, played and coached in Italy while also becoming fluent in the language and gaining the title of European MVP, and participates as a highly sought-after speaker at national clinics throughout the United States and abroad. JoAnn now brings all her experience to the establishment of Rhino Softball, officially launched on May 1, 2008.Rhino Softball has been founded to provide excellence in camps, team sessions, coach's and player's clinics, private and group instruction, a coach's college and recruiting services.
Currently, Rhino Softball is conducting lessons, hitting and pitching clinics, and player's camps for the towns of Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Boynton Beach, Royal Palm Beach and Lake Lytal. Rhino Softball continues to expand by adding only quality instructors who have played softball at either the collegiate or professional levels.
For more than 15 years in South Florida, JoAnn has developed and maintained relationships with thousands of softball players, their parents, leagues and recreation departments. Moving players to the next level is the primary goal each day. Daily, JoAnn is seen by dozens of softball players, parents and coaches while she conducts private lessons throughout the area.
It is Rhino Softball's vision to give the softball coaches in South Florida the opportunity to learn from some of the best and brightest coaches in the world. For players we want to provide quality instruction and an opportunity to be their best. We do this one coach, team and player at a time.
- Pitched and played 3rd Base at Cal State University Fullerton
- Part of NCAA National Championship team at Cal State Fullerton
- 2-time Big West Team
- 1st Team All-American honors
- Played professionally for the Robuschi Softball, Parma and Verona, Italy
- Two Time National Champion for Parma and Verona
- Gold Medalist for the United States Pan American Team
- Head Coach NJCAA National Champions Palm Beach Community College
- Head Coach at New Mexico State
- Head Coach Verona, Italy. Italian League National Champions
- Speaker for Jack Hawkins "Be the Best" Clinic
- Speaker for National Sports Clinics
- Speaker and course instructor for NFCA coach's college
- Authored DVD "Learning the Pitching Machine"
- Authored "Hitting Drills" DVD
- Speaker and Course instructor for Italian Federation of Baseball/Softball
- Conducting Private lessons for twenty years
- Started Rhino Softball Inc.
- Created jobs for instructors to help give back to the sport of softball
- Helped to develop fastpitch in South Florida since 1994
Jessica Heywang joins our Rhino Softball Coaching staff. Jessica believes dedication, hard work, and a healthy learning environment is the best way for athletes to achieve their goals. Her specialty is working with beginning pitchers and teaching the fundamentals of the motion. Jessica is the mother of four and has decided to dedicate her time to learning the skills of pitching and wants to give back.
A former pitching student of JoAnn Ferrieri and Rhino Softball. Jess was a four-year starter at MacArthur High School and began her collegiate career on scholarship at Tallahassee Community college. Her last two years of eligibility she played at St. Thomas University.
Presently, she is the assistant coach in charge of Pitching at Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School. As well as a member of the NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association). Jessica will be working in Plantation and the Fort Lauderdale area.